On the 10th of April 2021, I had an embarrassing encounter that I just have to share with you all. So I decided to visit the mall to do some household shopping. Armed with my shopping list so that I may not exceed my budget, I visited the supermarket in the mall.
As usual, there are constant security checks you have to go through to enter the mall. I did my shopping then paid for the goods. When leaving the mall with the trolley that carried the shopping bags, the alarms blazed, and I was requested to step away from the exit and hand over my bags for the security to check.
I was abit confused because one, I had paid for the goods I had purchased and two; I knew I had not taken anything from the shops or I had not carried any illegal tool to trigger the alarms. I had already gone through the security a while ago when entering the mall.
I stepped aside and quickly took out the receipt and handed over to the security guard. Now people had stopped to stare and others were asking what was going on. I remained composed and decided to cooperate as they had started to look inside the shopping bags.
However, the alarms kept on blazing, which made the security guards to take my bags and try to detect the issue. Now people had stopped to really stare and see what was happening and we were forming a small crowd.
As they continued to check where the problem was, I stood there more embarrassed and just waited for them to tell me what was wrong. While this was going on, next to the alarm sensor, there was a lady who had just got in while I was exiting the mall and she was taking a trolley, to start her shopping.
That was when the security guards realized that the alarms went off because of her and not me. One of them went to her to do the search, while the remaining two started putting back my shopping items and apologize profusely.
I had no energy to even speak nor to complain or argue, but just shook my head and pushed the trolley out of the mall. The small crowd that had formed dispersed, but the damage had already been done and it could never be reversed. Those who had stepped out of the mall before seeing the ending had already made their judgment.
What are some of embarrassing situations you have faced, and what did you do? If you find yourself in a similar situation, what will you do?